ACA Celebrates Pride Month
Pride is celebrated each June in honor of the Stonewall uprising, which took place in 1969 in Manhattan, NY. The first Pride parade was held one year later in 1970 when thousands of LGBTQ+ activists gathered in New York City to march. Over the years, Pride has grown from a single march to a month-long colorful celebration of queer liberation and self-acceptance. June is an incredibly important month for the LGBTQ+ community, but can be celebrated by all, even if you yourself are not a member of the community.
In celebration of Pride Month, ACA’s employee resource group, ACA ALLiance, will host a variety of events and activities to recognize the contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals both locally and world-wide, educate employees about LGBTQ+ issues, and celebrate diversity.
ACA ALLiance hosted educational sessions for employees include “The Pride of ACA” panel, when members of ACA ALLiance will discuss LGBTQ+ issues in the workplace, and a training session by PFLAG about “Becoming a Trans Ally and Going Beyond the Binary.” We are also proud to sponsor the Pittsburgh Pride Revolution March starting in front of the city council building in downtown Pittsburgh and culminating a mile north at Federal Galley. Employees located in or near the Pittsburgh area, along with their friends and families, will join ACA ALLiance in the march on June 4th.
We are also excited to announce that earlier this year, ACA received an 85 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices, and benefits pertinent to the inclusion of LGBTQ+ employees. Our goal is to achieve a score of 100, earning ACA the title of “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.” To accomplish this goal, we have implemented new equitable policies, practices, and benefits to assist with creating an inclusive workplace culture.